Children Choose Stationery for Travel

A new study has found that children are more likely to choose stationery over electronics when on the go.

In a survey conducted by family travel company Tots to Travel, 1,520 parents of children were asked how they would keep their child entertained during long travel and flights.

The results found that children were more likely to choose stationery over electronic devices when travelling, with 57% of parents stating that they would stock up on pens, pencils, crayons and notebooks before boarding a plane or setting off in their car.

In comparison, only 27% of parents said that they took an iPad or electronic devices when travelling with children. This is followed by just 10% saying that sweets and chocolate are a necessity instead.

Choose Stationery for Long Journeys

Off the back of these findings, Richard Daniel Curtis, a child behavioral expert, believes that parents should continue to choose stationery for journeys with children, explaining:

“Children under the age of five need to be stimulated and given opportunities to move throughout a journey. Whilst you may get quick wins from using technology to entertain them at this age, this is often short-lived as the children start to experience eye-strain, lack of movement and secondary behaviours. These secondary behaviours include things like not answering a parent, being frustrated, irritability and rudeness.”

Commenting on how to keep children entertained during longer journeys (more than 30 minutes), Curtis adds that stationery offers better opportunities for longer bouts of entertainment and creativity.

“Having a selection of hand-held engaging non-technology-based activities are far more suitable for travelling for more than 30 minutes. Food, toys or tech are all time-limited activities, whereas pens and paper can provide infinite opportunities for entertainment.”

Switching Off

Whilst this study shows that children are developing preference towards stationery and paper-based activities rather than the use of electronic devices, paper sustainability campaign group Two Sides also conducted their own research on the public’s opinion on using technology, titled The Dark Side of Blue Light.

Some key statistics taken from their survey include:

  • Almost half of consumers have concerns or were already concerned about the effects of regularly using electronic devices.
  • 47% of respondents felt that they used digital devices and technology too much throughout their daily life.
  • 74% of those asked between 18-24 years old felt they spent too long on digital screens and devices.

Speaking on the results from their study, Two Sides go on to explain how non-digital based content like print helps to reduce what some call the ‘digital overload’.

“The adverse health effects of too much digital content can be countered by the simple action of reading a print publication. Indeed, it appears that the respondents to the Two Sides survey already know this, with 69% agreeing that it’s important to ‘switch off’ and enjoy printed books and magazines, a figure that doesn’t vary significantly across the age groups.

So print, which is kinder on our eyes, brains and sleep patterns, could be an effective cure for those suffering from digital overload.”

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